Climate Change Alert
Climate Change Alert
Jan 02, 2007
Soaring temperatures could make 2007 the warmest year ever. The dramatic forecast spells disaster for a string of countries around the globe. Experts fear the predicted weather conditions will spark droughts in Indonesia and lead to disastrous deluges in Canada. The extreme weather patterns are also tipped to distort Asia’s monsoon season and bring extreme rainfall to parts of East Africa as well as drought to Australia. Rising temperatures are being forecast because of a potent cocktail of global warming and a return of the lethal El Nino weather system. Scientists reckon the events could turn this year into a defining moment for mankind’s response to the escalating climate crisis. Once the twin effects are unleashed, extreme conditions are expected to make 2007 far exceed the 2006 average — which itself was the hottest year in Britain since 1659.
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The earth is getting warmer. New York had no snow this past December for the FIRST TIME IN 129 YEARS since 1877. The New York Times reported that not only New York, but also Warsaw, Budapest, Berlin, Vienna and Stockholm never or barely saw snow in December. Such abnormal temperatures around the globe ruin seasonal businesses whose most profitable season is winter. The Alps, otherwise covered with snow, even have buds of chestnut trees, usually seen in spring.
Climate change 'faster in Australia' - AUSTRALIA appears to be suffering an accelerated Greenhouse effect, with the pace of global warming faster across the country than in other parts of the world. The world's driest inhabited continent, already suffering one of its worst droughts, is waging its own unique climate war. Half the country is desperate for water and the other half is awash with a year's rainfall for the entire continent. "Temperatures are actually rising a little bit faster over Australia compared to the global average, and we know that of Australia's 20 hottest years, 15 have occurred since 1980". While the nation received above average 2006 rains, with 490mm of rain falling against the 472mm average, key water catchments and rivers shrivelled in the food bowl southeast where most Australians live. An El Nino weather event in the Pacific Ocean bringing severe drought to eastern Australia was responsible for much of the variation, but that was beginning to weaken. "What we see on the rainfall is a signature of El Nino. There are signs that is weakening and most times we see a breakdown in late summer or autumn, and usually a good break with lots of rain."
These Stories also posted at Earth Frenzy Radio Blog